good eats

my food philosophy is pretty simple: I like whole, fresh, unprocessed foods. while I do indulge in the frozen or boxed snack every once in awhile, I read ingredient lists thoroughly and really strive to consume the best ingredients possible. I avoid things that contain high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils, plus my general rule being that if I cannot pronounce it or I have to google the ingredient, I should not be eating it.

things I always have on hand, whether it’s for snacking or preparing meals:

– veggies: onions, mushrooms, bell peppers (green/red/yellow — whatever is on sale), carrots, celery, greens (kale, chard, collards), baby spinach, spring mix, asparagus, brussel sprouts (if you’ve never had fresh brussel sprouts, you’re missing out), broccoli — I rarely eat canned vegetables but will do frozen. frozen corn is actually a staple, as well as snowpeas and edamame

– fruit: bananas, apples, pears, berries when in season, pineapple (fresh is the best, but canned works well as long as it’s in its own juices and no syrup) — again, fresh is best, but when your favorites aren’t in season, frozen fruits work great in baking and in smoothies.

– grains: quinoa, millet, brown rice, bulgur, barley

– flours: unbleached all-purpose is always on hand though I use sparingly. whole wheat pastry for baking is the best. besan (chickpea), soy, whole wheat, spelt and buckwheat are other favorites for random things.

– carbalicious: sprouted grain bread (ezekiel <3), whole wheat pita bread, la tortilla factory tortillas

– spices: I won’t list every single spice I use here, but having a well-stocked spice cabinet is essential in healthy eating. some of my favorites are: cumin, chili powder, ground ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, granulated garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, paprika (hungarian & spanish), plus good old salt (I use iodized sea salt) and freshly ground black pepper.

– random: nutritional yeast, cornmeal (polenta! cornbread!), oats (steel cut and rolled), nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts are my favorites), nut butters (almond and peanut butter), sweetners (agave nectar, maple syrup, stevia, unrefined cane sugar), tamari/soy sauce, oils (olive oil, flax oil, canola oil)

when it comes to packaged foods, I have my favorites:

kashi black bean mango. not all of kashi’s products are vegan friendly, but they do have a few frozen meals (ranchero beans, pasta primavera, veggie pocket sandwich and the black bean mango) are. the kashi pilaf is delicious and nutty, and these meals pack a lot of flavor for only 300-400 calories. they generally don’t fill me up so i have to pair them with a salad or some raw veggies and hummus. it’s nice to be able to go to the grocery store and grab something like this when I forget my lunch at work. go kashi!

amy’s are another awesome source for veg folks. everything is organic, non-GMO and most things are dairy free. products are clearly labeled vegan. they have burritos, tofu scrambles, indian meals, mexican meals, pizzas, and so much more. I am a big fan of all sorts of amy’s meals and am so glad to see them in regular supermarkets, as I remember when you could only get them at health food stores. my favorites are the non-dairy burritos, the vegan indian meals, and the non-dairy enchiladas with black beans, corn and tofu. the soups are also pretty good, but I find that you get more bang for your buck when it comes to the frozen meals.

I won’t lie: wheat thins used to be my favorite crackers in the whole world.  the nutty crispy wheat crackers were amazing dipped in hummus, but then I found out they had high fructose corn syrup and I had to find an alternative. luckily for me, back to nature crispy wheats are easy to find, pretty cheap (I get them for $2/box) and are delicious without all the yucky ingredients. some nights I eat these with baby carrots and sabra hummus for dinner.

speaking of hummus: sabra hummus is my favorite packaged brand. sure, I can make my own hummus, but sabra is creamy and delicious and damnit, I can never get my hummus that smooth. I suppose it’s all the oil they put in it, and at 70 calories per 2T, I can easily pack away some calories with this stuff, but I keep telling myself it’s the good fat, right? right.

it’s also no secret that I have a thing for bars. clif bars, LARAbars, lunabars–I eat (and like) them all. but odwalla bars are my favorite, I think. they don’t have that “protein bar” taste, yet they do pack a good amount (8g) but still taste like those chewy chocolate-y granola bars I ate as a kid. pair these with a banana for a breakfast on the run and I’m set for hours. at 250 calories, these aren’t really a “snack” kind of bar, but still delicious nonetheless.


One response

26 01 2009

I love your food philosophy! I feel pretty much the same way. And I totally agree about hummus. I wish I could get mine as yummy as the Sabra. Mmmmm.

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